The Ingram New Works Project empowers exceptional new voices to write the stories they are most passionate about. Ingram New Works and Nashville Repertory Theatre provide playwrights with season-long developmental support, travel, lodging, hospitality, networking, and audiences, allowing them to focus on what they do best: creating powerful, necessary, impactful new plays. The three pieces of the Project are the Lab, Fellowship, and Festival.Since 2009, the Ingram New Works Project has supported the development of over 60 new plays. We are the playwrights’ home away from home, powered by Nashville’s authentic and radical hospitality.
Meet the 2019-2020 Ingram New Works Playwrights
Jeesun Choi is a transnational Korean playwright and physical theatre artist. Her plays move through diaspora, (im)migration and transnationalism to reveal the joy and agony of the human condition. She is the 2019-20 Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. Plays include THE SEEKERS (2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Winner, 2019 O’Neill NPC Semifinalist, 2018-19 Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Fresh Ground Pepper); Dahlia (Lark’s 2018 New Voices Fellowship Finalist, Dell'Arte International); Cecilies (Red Eye Theater, Minnesota Fringe Festival). She was a fellow at National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation at Pangea World Theater. MFA Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre, Dell'Arte International.
Gina Femia has written 33 full-length plays which have been developed/produced by Page 73, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, New Georges, Powerhouse, Theatre of NOTE, Great Plains Theatre Conference and Project Y, among others. She is a 2019-2022 Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, and a current member of Page 73’s Interstate 73. She’s an alum of EST Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab and New Georges’ Audrey Residency. Her play, ALLOND(R)A is included on the 2019 Kilroys List. Winner: Leah Ryan Prize and Doric Wilson Award.
Morgan Gould is a writer/director whose plays include ALL THE STUPID BITCHES, THREE FAT SISTERS, and NICOLE CLARK IS HAVING A BABY. Her play I WANNA FUCKING TEAR YOU APART premiered at Studio Theatre in DC and received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination. Morgan is a recent graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship, a member of New Dramatists, EST, and a Yaddo and MacDowell Colony Fellow. As a director she has directed productions at P73, EST, Humana, Marin Theatre Company, Primary Stages, the Hangar, HERE Arts Center, and Ars Nova, among others. She is the artistic director of Morgan Gould & Friends, her own company with 13 other actors/designers/producers.
Haygen-Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright-creative producer born and raised in the American South and currently making weird art in Philadelphia, where he is the Co-Founder and Creative Producer of ON THE ROCKS. Haygen-Brice is an Affiliated Writer with The Playwrights' Center (2018-2019 Jerome Many Voices Fellow). Haygen-Brice's work is like if Streetcar Named Desire, Mean Girls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Beloved got trashed at a Buffalo Wild Wings happy hour and then stumbled into the neighborhood bathhouse while belting the soundtrack of In The Heights. Each day, Haygen-Brice is one step closer to becoming Jennifer Lopez, which is trite for a gay Puerto Rican, but he's embracing the cliché and living in his truth.
Ingram New Works Labs
Providing one-of-a-kind support and resources to early-career playwrights
Selected through a highly competitive national search, Lab Playwrights visit Nashville monthly to develop a brand new play. Nashville Rep provides each playwright with tailor-made developmental support and radical hospitality throughout the year, leading up to the premiere staged readings of their plays at the Ingram New Works Festival. The 2019-20 Ingram Lab Dates are: September 19-22; October 24-27; December 5-8; March 5-8; April 16-19.
Ingram New Works Fellowship
Supporting the continued work of a nationally recognized playwright who has made extraordinary contributions to the field
Each year the Ingram New Works Fellow is invited to develop a new play with the full support of the Ingram New Works Project. The Fellow participates in Playwrights Week in January and serves as a mentor to Ingram Lab Playwrights. Past Fellows include Sarah Ruhl, Christopher Durang, Doug Wright, Donald Margulies, Teresa Rebeck, and many others. 2020 Playwrights Week is scheduled for January 11-17, 2020.
Ingram New Works Festival
Nashville’s Annual Celebration of New Plays & Playwrights
The culmination of the Ingram New Works Project, the festival features the premiere public reading of all five new plays developed during the residency. The 2020 Ingram New Works Festival will take place May 11-16, 2020.
Previous Ingram New Works Playwrights & Plays
Sarah Ruhl - Becky Nurse of Salem
Lindsay Joelle - The Messengers
Dean Poynor - The Second Avenue Subway
Riti Sachdeva - Welcome to the Taj Palace (motel)
R. Eric Thomas - Crying on Television
Nate Eppler - This Red Planet
James Anthony Tyler - Pranayama
Christina Florencia Castro - The Very Last Wishes of Grandpa Joe
Tori Keenan-Zelt - How the Baby Died
Christopher Durang - Harriet and Other Horrible People
Nate Eppler - Primary User
Gabrielle Reisman - Pattern Seeking Animals
Stacy Osei-Kuffour - Big Nose
Andrew Rosendorf - Mermaid
Rebecca Gilman - Rocket Science
Jonathan Alexandratos - We See What Happen
Kyle John Schmidt - The Secretary
Edith Freni - This is About You
Helen Banner - Thrill Day
Donald Margulies - Long Lost
Nate Eppler - The Ice Treatment
Tori Keenan-Zelt - Air Space
Gabrielle Sinclair - Showing
Bianca Sams - Simply Bless
Doug Wright - Posterity
Nate Eppler - Good Monsters
Jeremy Sony - Pathogenesis
Andrew Kramer - Cut It Out
Dean Poynor - Together We Are Making a Poem in Honor of Life
Theresa Rebeck - Fever
Nate Eppler - The Future Mrs.
Garret Schneider - Ultrasound
Brian Walker - The Friend Factory
Jennifer Blackmer - Unraveled
Steven Dietz - Rancho Mirage
Nate Eppler - Larries
Kenley Smith - Empires of Eternal Void
Andrew Kramer - Crying for Lions
Michael Erickson - Honor Student
John Patrick Shanley - Storefront Church
Nate Eppler - City of the Dead
Heidi Ervin - The Hobo and The Housecat
Lisa Soland - Hand on the Plough
Joe Giordano - She’s Dead
Christine Mather - Horns of Elfland
Mary McCallum - Hunger in Paradise
Shawn Knight - Henson
David Auburn - The Columnist
Valerie Hart - Love Out Loud
McAdoo Greer - Titty Bars
Nate Eppler - Long Way Down
Dianie Di Ianni - Table
Matthew Carlton - Blessed Event
Ross Brooks - Supernova
Claudia Barnett - No 231 DeGraw Street